League of Women Voters | Rochester Metropolitan Area, Rochester, NY

LWV/RMA Book Club

The LWV/RMA book club focuses on both fiction and non-fiction books relating to Advocacy positions our League has adopted. All LWV members and the public can become members of the Book Club. Anyone who has read the book is welcome to participate in the discussion.

Meetings are held at 10 am at
The Greenhouse Cafe
2271 East Main Street, Rochester 14609

For more information, call the League at 585.262.3730 or write to info@LWV-RMA.org.

Books for 2019 - 2020

Sept. 19, 2019



Chris Pryor

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean


Thursday, Oct. 10,



The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan


Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

Elaine Schmidt

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Thursday, Jan. 16,


Judy Weinstein

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

March 19, 2020


Ann Carmody

Educated: a memoir by Tara Westover

April 16, 2020



The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan



Books Read in 2018 - 2019

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools by Diane Ravitch
reign of error

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York by Jacob Riis
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
peoples history
Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright firebrand

Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy


Books Read in 2017 - 2018

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman

The Generals by Thomas Ricks
The Radium Girls:  The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott

Books Read in 2016 - 2017

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
on the road
The Wrong Enemy:America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 by Carlotta Gall wrong enemy
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
just mercy
Arguing About Slavery: The Great Battle in the United States Congress by William Lee Miller
arguing about slavery
Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer
dark money
The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen

Books read in 2015 - 2016

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
all the light
The Grass is Singing by Doris Lessing
grass is singing
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
secret history of wonder woman
The Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos
age of ambition
Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire
waiting for snow in Havana

Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates

between the world and me


Books read in 2014 - 2015

A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine   Hong  Kingston
Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail  Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters by Diane Jacobs
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander and Cornell West
Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Books read in 2013 - 2014

Girls like us : fighting for a world where girls are not for sale, an activist finds her calling and heals herself by Rachel Lloyd
Miracle at Philadelphia; the story of the Constitutional Convention, May to September, 1787 by Catherine Drinker Bowen
The Righteous Mind:  why good people are divided by politics and religion by Jonathan Haidt

Negro President:  Jefferson and the slave power by Gary Wills

Devil in the Grove:  Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland boys, and the dawn of a new America by Gilbert King

Darwin and the Beagle by Alan Moorehead

The Parties Versus the People:  how to turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans by Mickey Edwards

The Roberts Court by Marcia Coyle

Books Read in Spring 2013

Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig Republic Lost cover
On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson by William Souder Rachel Carson cover
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones

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